12 September 2002 – 3 August 2007
Nominated by the Taoiseach
(1957-11-24) 24 November 1957 (age 59)
County Cork, Ireland
John Minihan (born 24 November 1957) is a former Irish politician who served as a member of Seanad Éireann for the Progressive Democrats. He had previously served in the Irish Defence Forces where he attained the rank of captain. He stood as Progressive Democrat candidate for the Cork South–Central constituency at the 2007 general election.
Life before politics
Born in County Cork, Ireland, Minihan entered Military College in November 1975 and was stationed in the Eastern Command section. He served three tours of duty with United Nations peacekeeping forces in Lebanon. After his final tour of duty in Lebanon, he returned to Cork where he served as Adjutant in Collins Barracks. In 1996 he retired at the rank of captain to run the family pharmacy business.
Minihan entered local politics in 1999 when he was elected to Cork City Council for the Progressive Democrats. In July 2003 he was elected Chairman of the Progressive Democrats.
He unsuccessfully contested the 2002 general election, where he polled 3,126 first preferences votes in the Cork North Central constituency. He was a member of the three-man team representing the Progressive Democrats which negotiated the terms under which the party entered government in coalition with Fianna Fáil.
Subsequently, upon recommendation by Mary Harney, then Progressive Democrat party leader and Tánaiste, Minihan was nominated by the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to the Seanad Éireann, where on the 12 September he made his maiden speech speaking on the Treaty of Nice.
He worked in a number of committees and jobs including Chairman of the Progressive Democrat parliamentary party. He was coordinator of the Oireachtas Joint Houses Friends of Science Committee. He served as a member of the Joint Oireachtas committees on Education and Science, and party spokesman on Education, Defence and Childcare.
Upon the abolishment of dual mandate in 2003, he resigned his seat on Cork City Council which was filled by co-option. The party seat was not retained by the PD’s in the 2004 local elections. In January 2006 he was selected to run for a Dáil seat representing the Progressive Democrats in the Cork South–Central at the 2007 g